The Charlotte Mason approach can be broken down into 3 parts. Each part makes up 1/3.
The environment in which the child is in- attitudes of adults around the child, the physical space and the ideas that rule the adults' life.
The cultivation of good habits.
Education or academics presented in 'living form' rather than dry facts from a textbook.
We whole-heartedly embrace all of these tenants and find each to be a vital part of a child's upbringing.
Where we differ:
There is a strong Christian component to Charlotte Mason. We are not affiliated with any religion at our school. We believe spirituality is an individual and personal experience that can take many forms of expression. We value and embrace all walks of life and belief systems at our school, as long as they are inclusion based.
The Charlotte Mason approach is more suited for older children and the grades, but we start to bring in nature study and the appreciation of the natural world through observation and stories at the preschool age. Children gain a strong appreciation of the natural world while in our school.